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Abdellatif Kechiche won a Palme d'Or for his latest film, Blue Is the Warmest Colour, about a lesbian relationship between two students. But since then the director has been criticised for his working methods, and the film's young stars have said they'll never work with him again
Abdellatif Kechiche has not been a happy man lately. His new film, Blue Is the Warmest Colour, about a French teenager embarking on a lesbian relationship, has been garlanded with ecstatic reviews and is performing robustly at the box office since its release in France earlier this month. And at the Cannes film festival, back in May, Steven Spielberg's jury awarded his film the legendary Palme d'Or.
Still, even the Palme seems a mixed blessing for this eminently serious, soft-spoken man. "There's a certain anxiety that comes with that sort of recognition," he says in French, making a habitual pensive gesture with his hands, »
- Jonathan Romney
Indiewire has just obtained an exclusive clip of the first five minutes of "Just Like A Woman," which is now available on DVD and iTunes. The film, released by Cohen Media Group, stars Sienna Miller as Marilyn, a Chicago woman who has just lost her secretarial job and is saddled with a cheating husband, her hobby of belly dancing proving to be her only source of satisfaction. Teaming up her friend Mona (Golshifteh Farahani), a North African immigrant who also needs an escape, the duo decide to hit the road to attend a New Mexico belly dancing competition for a journey of discovery and renewal amidst the landscape of the Southwest. "Just Like A Woman" was directed by Rachid Bouchareb, whose 2006 film "Days of Glory" garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. Watch the first five minutes of the film below: »
- Clint Holloway
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 22, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $34.98
Studio: Cohen Media/Entertainment One
Two beautiful women who are barely more than casual acquaintances, escape the prisons of their unhappy marriages and embark on a revealing journey of self discovery in the 2012 drama Just Like a Woman.
Financially strapped Chicago secretary Marilyn (Sienna Miller, Stardust) has just lost her job. Already saddled with a deadbeat, cheating husband, she decides to chuck it all. With a dream of being a belly dancer, she decides to go to New Mexico to compete in a prestigious belly dancing competition. Meanwhile, Mona (Golshifteh Farahani, In the Name of the Father), a North African immigrant stuck in an arranged marriage, has just inadvertently killed her nightmarish mother-in-law and needs to get out of town fast. Meeting and uniting for a journey to »
Female Trouble: Bouchareb’s Understated First Chapter in Arab-American Trilogy
Algerian filmmaker Rachid Bouchareb, perhaps most widely recognized for his films Outside the Law (2010) and Days of Glory (2006), depicting historical and divisive conflicts between Algeria and France, returns once again to the Us with Just Like a Woman, the first film of a planned trilogy depicting the transforming relationships between the Western and Arab world. A female centric road film born out of severe character conflicts created by their oppressive, male dominated existence ensures that the film will be rampantly compared to Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise (1991), even though it avoids an overtly melodramatic malaise. Shining through its formulaic setup and stereotypical antagonists are a pair of actresses that manage to fit perfectly with Bouchareb’s knack for uniting people despite of their socially constructed differences.
Down and out Chicago receptionist Marilyn (Sienna Miller) is struggling to make ends »
- Nicholas Bell
“Thelma & Louise” gets a bland cross-cultural update in “Just Like a Woman,” the inauspicious first entry in French-Algerian helmer Rachid Bouchareb’s planned trilogy tackling changing relations between America and the Arab world. Although fronted by solid performances from Sienna Miller and Iranian actress Golshifteh Farahani as two desperate souls who bond over their shared love of belly dancing, this tale of friendship and rebellion on the open road reps a thin, obvious reworking of a well-worn template. Bouchareb’s films (“Days of Glory,” “Outside the Law”) have never enjoyed much of a Stateside following, and despite its American setting, this one is unlikely to break the mold.
As a tale of two worlds colliding, “Just Like a Woman” has a few parallels with Bouchareb’s 2009 drama “London River,” which threw together an Englishwoman and an African man against its titular English backdrop. In this initially Chicago-set story, the central »
- Justin Chang
Title: Just Like a Woman Director: Rachid Bouchareb (‘Outside the Law,’ ‘Days of Glory’) Starring: Sienna Miller, Golshifteh Farahani (‘Chickens with Plums,’ ‘Body of Lies’), Tim Guinee (‘Iron Man,’ TV’s ‘Revolution’), Roschdy Zem (‘The Cold Light of Day‘)and Chafia Boudraa (‘Outside the Law’) Contending with the important issues of cultural differences and self-importance and identity can be a difficult process for many women in an ethnically diverse city. Finding their rightful place in society while also achieving their personal goals and dreams is the strong motivating factor that drives the two diverse female lead characters in the new drama ‘Just Like a Woman.’ While the two women, Marilyn and Mona, [ Read More ]
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- Karen Benardello
Title: Just Like a Woman Director: Rachid Bouchareb Starring: Sienna Miller, Golshifteh Farahani, Roschdy Zem, Tim Guinee, Bahar Soomekh, Chafia Boudraa Themes of cultural identity and disunity figure prominently into the work of director Rachid Bouchareb, including 2006′s “Days of Glory” and 2011′s “Outside the Law,” both of which were nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Academy Awards. Bouchareb’s English language debut, “Just Like a Woman,” however, is a phony female fantasy — a minor chord variation on “Thelma & Louise” with none of that film’s panache, verve or insight. Instead tone-deaf and at times downright insufferable, this road trip flick in which bellydancing holds the key to feminine enlightenment [ Read More ]
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A soldier is at war with himself in a taut colonial thriller that marks a stunning return to form for the director of La Haine
Mathieu Kassovitz made his name in 1995 as writer-director of the fluent, inventive La Haine, a story of 24 hours in the lives of three rebellious working-class youngsters – an explosive Jew, a mercurial, streetwise Arab and an a handsome black boxer – harassed by racist cops in Paris. A key example of the 90s genre dubbed les films de banlieues, it was screened for his cabinet by prime minister Alain Juppé. Kassovitz hasn't made much of interest since then (his last films shown here were the feeble American horror flick Gothika and the muddled sci-fi thriller Babylon Ad). His ruggedly handsome face, however, is familiar from his appearances in such films as Amélie and Spielberg's Munich, in which he played one of the Mossad agents pursuing the Black September terrorists. »
- Philip French
Whitaker portrays a man struggling to rebuild his life in a small New Mexico town after 18 years in prison. Keitel will play the Sheriff who launches a campaign to return Whitaker’s character to prison for life.
- Dave McNary
9 items from 2013
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